The Law Offices of Lauren E. Jackson

We are a law practice exclusively dedicated to property related legal services. We limit our practice to: residential & commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, personal wills, estate trusts, corporate entity formation, business succession plans, estate distribution, and probate. We stand behind our integrity to provide high quality, personable and affordable legal services. We offer two convenient locations for our clients located in downtown St. Charles & the City of Elgin.

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Marriage is among the life-changing events that should cause one to review, or establish, one’s estate plan.  Unfortunately, newlyweds do not make their way into my office very often.  I understand how happy of time it is, but this is also a major life change where establishing a written estate plan may be very necessary. Helping couples manage and protect their assets is a task I truly enjoy.  It provides the client with peace…
When completing your estate plan, transferring the ownership of your real estate to a trust gives you a lot of benefits when it comes to ease of transfer for your family.  However, there are a few disadvantages you should consider. Illinois has the second-highest property taxes in the nation.  If you are 65 or older there are two exemptions that you can apply for:  the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and the Senior Citizen Assessment…
A deed for real estate is a legal document that transfers ownership of real estate from one owner to another.  When buying and selling real estate, in the state of Illinois, there are several different types of deeds that are used.  If you are selling or buying real estate it is imperative that the correct deed is used in your particular situation because the last thing you want is a costly legal battle over a…
For most people, the most expensive transaction you will ever make is the sale of your home.  However, before you are able to sell your home, there is a process that must be followed.  If using one, you will be working heavily with your real estate agent.  However, my job as the attorney is to act as an extra pair of eyes to protect you and your assets during this complicated process.  I have witnessed…
If you have been named the executor of an estate, you probably have a lot of questions regarding what you will have to eventually do.  By law, there are many tasks the executor must complete and they are all equally important.  The information that follows can help get you started, but you should always get a probate attorney involved to help guide you through the process.  One first thing you must do is wrap up…
If you are thinking of buying a home it is not required, but highly recommended, that you get a home inspection by a qualified home inspector.  What is a home inspection and how should you use the report? A home inspection is exactly what it sounds like, a thorough inspection of the property by a private licensed inspector.  Once you sign the real estate contract and the seller has accepted the contract by signing it,…
If you are parents or grandparents to children who have special needs, you may have a lot of questions regarding what can and should be done to prepare for their continued care after your passing.  The biggest question I answer for people is what needs to be done and how we can do it with respect to your estate plan to make sure the child will be taken care of without preventing them from qualifying…
The power of attorney for property in Illinois is a versatile and powerful document.  There are two main functions it serves for our clients at Lauren Jackson Law.  Not only is it used in all of our Estate Planning packages, but we also use it for our real estate clients who are selling property.  If I am drafting your estate plan, a power of attorney for property is strongly recommended and will be included.  This…
Occasionally, I have a case brought to my practice where a homeowner has died and had no known family members to whom the house should transfer.  In this case, there are a few different options for how to handle the future ownership of the house. If the homeowner created a trust before the death, and the house was properly transferred into the trust, then the successor trustee is responsible for making sure the mortgage payments…